Man Shot, Dies After Answering Knock at the Door

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    Police are investigating after a man was shot Thursday overnight in his own home on Cleveland Street in North Philadelphia. (Published Thursday, May 15, 2014)

    For the third time in four days a person was shot in Philadelphia after answering a knock at the door.

    For the second time, the victim died.

    “The victim was clearly inside his house when he was shot,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

    Small said officers rushed to the 2300 block of N Cleveland Street in North Philly around 1:15 a.m. Thursday.

    When officers arrived they found a 36-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his head and leg in the living room of his home -- a short distance from the front door.

    “Police picked him up and rushed him to Temple Hospital where he was pronounced dead,” said Small.

    Small said witnesses in the home told investigators that someone knocked on the door shortly after 1 a.m. When the victim answered his door he tried to keep the alleged shooter out.

    “The victim began struggling with the shooter to close the door,” said Small. “When the victim finally got the door shut the shooter fired four shots through the front door of the property.”

    After the shooting the suspect ran off north on Cleveland Street, according to investigators.

    Small said investigators obtained some private surveillance video from the area. It wasn’t clear why the suspect opened fire.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

    The shooting happened a short time after a man was shot through his front door in the Cobbs Creek neighborhood and just a few days after a man died after being shot through the peephole of his door in East Germantown.

    There doesn't appear at this point for any of the incidents to be connected.